My wife and I are taking a trip to southeast Asia in September; we’re landing in Singapore, catching a train to Kuala Lumpur and then to Bangkok. I’ve heard so much of Thailand’s beaches and wanted to therefore visit one on my way to Bangkok. The train will go through Hat Yai and Surat Thani before arriving to Bangkok.
I’m considering catching a bus from Hat Yai and going to Krabi for a day/night, and then catch another bus up to Surat Thani and continue my trip.
So does Krabi have the best or one of the better beaches in Thailand? I’ve heard so much about Phuket, but didn’t want to spend too much time traveling further if not necessary.
I guess what I’m really looking for is a beach that has the nice sand, turqouise waters, but more importantly, the scenic stones that rise from the ocean; does this sound familiar? Any help or advise is appreciated.
Also, if anybody knows how long the ride is from Hat Yai to Krabi… Thanks in advance.
I would recommence Ao Nang Beach, at Krabi. The recommence resort is Somkiat BUri Resort. Search from the net, you will got a lot of information about that place.
Rai lay beach, is also recommence.
For the resort, one of the famous place, luxury and most convenience is Pimalai resort. At Koh lan ta (Lan ta island)
Check two resort information at http://resortthailand.blogspot.com/
For Hatyai driving to Trang, it’s about 1 or 1.5 hours only, you can catch a bus or train fro Hatyai, And it’s also has a van service from hatyai to Trang, krabi, phuket, satun, etc. Cox hatyai is a southern hub for travel. Beside phuket and surat.
If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me via e mail.
Good luck and have a good trip
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Entry from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Entry Title: “Travel Rehab!”
“Warm seas, tropical islands, perfect untouched beaches, swimming with turtles, diving in clear water, relaxing …….. well that sums up the shortened version of what we’ve been doing but we wont get away with just writing that so read on if you want the details…
After enduring the long, hot days and equally hot nights in Chiang Mai, we left town just as it started to pour with rain which was most welcome because we hadn’t seen any for ages! Arriving by local bus in Lampang, 2 hours down the road, it was still raining heavily and as the songthaew (pick up mini bus thing) taking us to our guest house had an unplanned meeting with another pick up, our driver, annoyed at his bad luck, decided not to take us any further and we arrived back at the bus station where we had started an hour earlier. All this just to see a particularly unique wat nearby, we very nearly gave up and headed for the south. But we persevered and visited the wat the next morning and it was impressive. A fortified compound with an intricately carved wooden archway and painted buildings, and a really strange room which, at certain times of day, reflects a full colour image of the wat and stupa, cinema screen style, onto the back wall, it was really quite bizarre. Our next stop south was Sukhothai but our luck with the public transport was still at a low. We boarded the bus and noticed how hot it was, despite the claims it had aircon and just 10 kms outside town, with everyone dripping with sweat, the driver finally admitted it was too much and so he kindly dumped us all at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, refunded our fare and assured us another bus would be along soon…..amazingly, another one did.
Sukhothai is another ancient historic capital (you’d have thought we’d have had enough by now), with more ruins surrounded by lotus filled ponds and manicured lawns for the tourists. We visited one of the better sites with large standing buddhas and dozens of stupas but truth be known, we were ‘wated out’. Our guest house was nice enough though, next to a live music bar where at night a Thai guitarist massacred ‘Hotel California’, a song that has followed us absolutely everywhere we have travelled.
The next day, after more buses and a train ride, we were back in Bangkok for a night before heading south again the next day on a long train ride to Chumphon, which has a dock for boats going to the East coast islands. But before we could relax on a tropical Thai island, we needed to renew our visas which we thought would be an easy process, going to the border town of Ranong next to Burma which was just a couple of hours away, to get a new stamp in our passport. Easy, you’d think…..but not so. We actually needed to physically leave Thailand not just check out and back in again as you can at the other Thai borders, and we needed to enter Burma which is notoriously corrupt, then come back again. This was to prove to be a bit of an adventure as Burma was a rough half hour longtail boat ride away with wooden immigration huts perched precariously on stilts above the water with many boats and their passengers bumping each other aside as they clamoured to dock close to the ‘office’. In the end, we paid 10USD for the privilege of setting foot on Burmese soil for all of a minute just to be whisked back to Thailand again. Nevermind, at least the job was done and we had our new visas.
Early the next morning we were on a 3 hour ferry to Koh Tao, a small island famed for it’s diving and undeveloped isolated location. Actually every inch of coastline has an individual beach hut built on it and there are no less than 42 dive schools there but there are no big developments so it was still really quite nice and the interior is pretty much untouched. The most important thing for us though was that the island is surrounded by clear blue / green waters, perfectly calm and a wonderfully warm 29 degrees. We chose a small dive school called ‘Big Bubble’ run by Europeans on a nice, small beach on the south of the island away from the crowds. Our accommodation was a pretty basic wooden hut with spectacular views over …”
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Photos from this trip:
2. “Sunset on Koh Tao”
3. “Sunset at Sairee Beach”
4. “Our deserted beach on Koh Phangan”
5. “Songkran Festival”
6. “Koh Phi Phi”
7. “The Beach”
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